After years and years of planning the $160 million project, the H Street streetcar may soon be officially cancelled. According to Washington City Paper, the Head of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Leif Dormsjo responded to questions from the D.C. Council by saying that a "more detailed plan and approach" for the 2.2 mile line between H Street NE and Benning Road NE will be announced by the end of March. He added:
""You need to have the facts on your side and make a business case for what you're doing. I'm not going to ask for money from the citizens of this jurisdiction nor from this council for something I can't manage. That is the threshold test that's going on as we speak." If "fatal flaws" are found during this review, the streetcar project will be abandoned. Washington City Paper reported that the plan may include the method for how fares will be collected. According to Hill Now, the Federal Transit Administration, American Public Transportation Association and State Safety Oversight Office are evaluating the safety system of the streetcar.
· Streetcar Still Up in the Air, but a Plan Could Come Next Month [Washington City Paper]
· DDOT Director Leaves Open Possibility of Killing H Street Streetcar Project [Hill Now]
· Archiving The Tragicomedy That is The H Street Streetcar [Curbed DC]